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Tag: Listowel Golf Course

Tidy Towns, Garden of Europe and Closure of Listowel Golf Course

A Kingfisher enjoying lunch in Christopher Bourke’s photo.


Listowel Emmetts

Listowel Emmetts recently shared this photo from 1980. You’ll have to have fun naming them for I  have no idea.


Ní neart go Cur le Chéile

(United we are stronger)

Before they broke up for the holidays, these boys from Scoil Réalta na Maidine headed out to the park for a spot of tidy towning. It’s a joy to see our young people helping to enhance our beautiful town.

Photo from Scoil Réalta na Maidine on Facebook


In Listowel’s Garden of Europe in Summer 2017


Closure of the Golf Club and Road

A perk of being a member of  Listowel Golf Club was that you could bypass traffic in town by driving through the course. Even though signs pointing to the golf course are still in place, and it still appears on some guides, the course has been closed for some time now so it was inevitable that the right of way enjoyed by members would also go .

The Lartigue in 2000,Trees in The Park and a fair day in old Listowel

A Corner on Church St.


The Early days of The Lartigue Project.

Kerry’s Eye


Turf Cutting the old Way

These photos of turf cutting in the old way were shared on Facebook


Michael Collins Funeral

A brother and sister of Michael Collins pray at his graveside.


A Walk in the Park in May 2016

Poems are made by fools like me

But only God can make a tree.


Lovely Job being done on the former Kennedy Home


Squad Cars Back at Base



Ita Hannon found this old one.


Names….at last!

I posted this photo in September 2015 and asked for names.  Now Magella McGregor has come to the rescue. Here are the names she supplied;

First Row across left to right Joan Marie Vaughan, Marie Greany, Christina ODriscoll, Majella Maher
Second Row left to right Maureen Ahern, Eileen Lane, Breda O’Connor, …….., Mary Moran,…..
Third Row left to right Breda OConnell, ……Muireann Moloney, Marian ORouke RIP, Marie Buckley, Geraldine Buckley (sisters), Sheila Moloney and Teresa Lyons.

Aspects of Listowel, Bang Bang and Sam comes home to Listowel

A few aspects of town you might have overlooked

entrance to golf course

I had chosen the above photo for inclusion before I read that Listowel Golf Course has closed. Someone who posts on Boards as Mike Hn posted the below photo recently of the site where the golf course used to be.

woodland walk

from Market St.
old mart car park

house on Market St.


Bang Bang, a beloved Dublin character

(source:Rare Irish Stuff)
(source:Photos of Dublin)

Bang Bang was the nickname of a well known Dublin character in the sixties and seventies.  He was a grown up cowboy and Dublin was his Dodge City. He used to jump on the running board of buses and “shoot” passers by with his imaginary gun. The “gun” was, in fact, a big key and it is now preserved  in the National Museum. With so much gun crime on the streets of our capital nowadays the key is a reminder of a more innocent age.


Home is the Hero

Some photos by John Stack of the Listowel homecoming of the victorious Kerry football team.

4 Greats of Football;  Barry John Keane, Eamon Fitzmaurice, Mick Finucane ( The oldest man alive to hold an All Ireland Medal with Kerry) and Shane Enright.

The following photos are from Ian Flavin Photography on Facebook

And one from Bridget O’Connor taken in The Horseshoe


Read the following account of the new stainless steel urinals in John B. Keane’s and have a good old laugh.

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